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Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions

Former Senator for Alabama

Sessions was a senator from Alabama and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2017.

Photo of Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Sessions.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sessions is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2019 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Sessions sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Sessions was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sessions sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (68%) Immigration (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) International Affairs (11%)

Recent Bills

Some of Sessions’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sessions voted Nay

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Sessions voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Sessions voted Nay

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Sessions voted Nay

Sessions voted Nay

Bill Passed 97/2 on Sep 19, 2013.

Sessions voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Sessions voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Feb 2017, Sessions missed 175 of 6,295 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 2017. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: